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I bought my Apple USB Power Adapter around five years ago. I originally made this purchase to power up my iPod, Apple hadn't include a wall charger in my iPod pack and I didn't want to switch the computer on every time I needed to charge it, so I reluctantly bought this as an extra.
Some people will think that paying around £20 for an Apple charger is pretty obscene, especially when Apple products are so pricey, but I'm glad I bought this adaptor, because I've had various Apple products over the years and it's still going strong, charging various pieces of equipment. This product really came into its own when I bought my iPhone, as all users will now, the iPhone has a notoriously bad battery - you have to charge it at least once a day - more if you're a Facebook / Twitter iPhone obsessive like myself. So I decided to take my Apple USB Power Adapter to work, because I was worried I'd get caught out with a flat iPhone due to my excessive daily use, but I no longer have to think about this, because if my phone starts to run low, I just plug it into the adaptor.
The Apple USB Power Adaptor is made of shiny white plastic and I think it's obvious that it belongs to the Apple family! The adaptor pictured above is the old, bulky version (which I own), but you can now get a more slime line adaptor, with the USB point neatly attached to the bottom of the plug.
As well as using the adaptor to charge my iPhone I've also found that it's come in handy for charging my Sat Nat. My Tom Tom Sat Nav system didn't come with a wall charger - I used to plug it directly into my computer - which was a pain - but then I realised that the USB cable could be attached to my Apple USB Power Adapter and from that point onwards I've used it to charge my Sat Nav before a journey.
I've had this piece of kit for a long time now, it's never let me down and I think it's definitely worth the £20 price tag. Apple products aren't good at retaining their battery, so this adapter is a really handy thing to own. Five stars.
As anyone who owns any Apple iPod know, only a usb cable in included in the box when purchased so this means the only way that you can charge your iPod is through your computer. For people like myself who actually like to go away for a few days without a computer you dont have any way to charge my mp3 player. This is why I would consider this power adapter an absolute must because you can plug it in just like a phone charger and away you go.
You dont need to worry about running out of battery on holdidays or having to bring a bulky laptop on your journey. If you buy the adapater on its own you will recieve just one adapter that will fit into all Irish and Biritish sockets as standard.
It is the trademark white that we all associate with apple and its really small and neat. It is shaped like a cube with round edges giving it a smooth appearance. On the end of the plug is a socket where you insert the usb cable. This is the ordinary cable that you would use to charge the iPod on the computer. You can also use it to charge the iPhone or the iPad. I have used this adapter to charge all three with success. There is a cable included with the adapter too so you can keep your main usb cable for upgrades or syncs on your computer.
It is really great quality and I would say it wouldnt break easily if dropped but I dont want to find out! It costs 29 euro in the Apple store right now. It does actually come with the iPhone and iPad so it would make a great gift for anyone who has just an iPod.
By the way its actually different from the picture above so I'd advise you to check out the Apple website for a proper image.
This USB Power Adapter is a must accessory to have if you have any kinds of iPods. As you would know, when you buy an iPod, you will only receive the iPod itself and the link cable. This means the only way you can charge the iPod is through the computer. However, this is disadvantage for many reasons since you would need to make sure the computer is on when charging. Because its USB charged, it takes quite a long time to charge it to full.
This USB Power Adapter deals with all of the charging problems and many others. The size of the power adapter is very compact, with its dimension of 4cm by 4cm (estimate and could be different when bought from different country). It is also not so heavy for portable use.
Also, you can change the adapter itself to European, Asian or wherever with great convenience. All you have to do is slide it out and slide the necessary plug back in with the power adapter.
The charging itself, which I think, is twice as fast and when the battery is out and need my iPod in emergency, I charge it for around 15-30 minutes which I can then listen to about an hour.
The USB power adapter comes also with Apple One Year Limited Warranty and is explained on a leaflet in 7 different languages.
However, the price for this power adapter is not so agreeable. It's around 17 pounds but I think could be bought around 10 pounds. I am sure that eBay and amazon sells it for less than 17 pounds.
iPod with colour display
iPod with video
In conclusion, the power adapter is very compact and portable to be used at home, or travelling but the price is rather expensive for what it's worth.
Fed up of using a USB cable to connect my ipod touch to my laptop and draining all its battery, I decided to invest in an USB power adapter. Being pretty naive at the time of purchase, I thought I had to use an apple one, so unfortunately paid £20! Looking back on it, this was the craziest purchase I have ever made, because it didn't take me long to realise, I could get the for a few pounds on the internet, with postage costing more than the adapter itself.
However, that was a couple of years ago, and I have since come to realise that the £20 I forked out wasn't as bad as first seemed. The power adapter itself comprises of 2 parts which interlock together; a power pack that UK 3 pin plug slides and locks into. When put together, the plug is quite bulky, and will stick out about 4 inches from the plug - probably the biggest plug I own! This can get very frustrating if you need to plug it behind a desk or cupboard or whatever, but not a problem if access to the plug is easy.
The unit is made of a white plastic, that has a shiny glossy look and will is is the same plastic as use on the apple macbook white should you own or seen one before. The build quality of the unit seems very strong and is engineered well, with apple still maintaining the high quality design that is encompassed within all of their products. When I say that I have owned this for over 2 years, it somewhat suprises me after the number of times I have dropped it or squashed it in a bag, and has taken quite a battering in the time I have used it. It still works to the same standard as it always has and doesn't look damaged at all.
The USB port is on the front of the unit as you look at it when it is plugged into the mains. It is a normal USB port, the sort you would see on any laptop or computer, laced centrally on the fron face of the adapter. Quite simply, use your USB cable supplied with your ipod, plug it into the adapter and into your ipod. Easy enough, and just leave it for the required amount of time and your done!
Although I initially said I was quite annoyed at paying the £20 for the adapter in the first place, I am VERY happy with the quality of the item and how well it has served me so far. Although others are cheaper on the internet and even in high street stores than the official apple one, it does make me wonder why they are so cheap. I know apple puts a premium price on all products in makes but such an increase in price must suggest that the build quality is better and will last longer. At the way I am going, I can see this adapter lasting me at least another 5 years!
Ignoring the photo above, as the charger no longer/never looked like that, this USB power adapter is a great accessory from Apple and is a must have for any iPod/iPhone owner.
The design of the latest adapter has been majority improved. Previously the adapter came in two parts, but Apple has slimmed the adapter down by over 50% and compacted it into only one part. Amazingly slim and stylish, the new adapter is perfect for a travel pack or laptop bag.
Having a USB power adapter is really handy, and is not exclusive to use with Apple's products, I've found myself charging everything from my phone to my PS3 controllers.
One negative that I have found however is that Apple has moved the port from the front face, to the bottom. This means that any cable you put in will bend upwards and too much pressure could cause the cable to break or fray.
That said this is a great new adapter and I would highly recommend it if you haven't got one already. Guaranteed to be useful if you travel a lot or have lots of devices that can be charged by USB.
The Apple USB charger is an accessory for your Ipod.
So upon the purchase of an Ipod touch I was initially very happy until I realised I would have to charge the damn thing with my computer as they couldn't even be bothered to include a charger with such an expensive device!
The Apple USB charger certainly looks like an Apple product, it has smooth white curves and is made from reflective plastic but compared with other Ipod products I was a little disappointed at how cheap it felt, despite looking good it doesn't feel substantial to hold and as a result feels cheap.
The USB Charger comes in two bits, there is a charging block and a UK 3 pin plug. They also sell a travel kit with various plug add ons for Europe and the USA. Detaching the plug is very easy you just give it a gentle tug and out it comes and you can swap it for another.
Charging is a simple affair, simply plug your Ipod USB cable into the device and you can charge it from any mains outlet, it is also slightly quicker than using a computer I have found so nice if you need to get some juice into your Ipod quickly.
I have found it also works with other USB devices such as my other cheap Mp3 player that charges with a mini USB and the Sixaxis controller for my Playstation 3. I don't know if it's recommended you do this but there is a standard voltage that comes from a USB socket so it should be alright.
The price of this unit is rather excessive I feel at around £20 to purchase on top of an already hefty sum for whichever Ipod you go for.
I think Apple may be the only company who can get away with removing accessories from their products, still keeping prices the same, and then selling these accessories separately! My first iPod, an iPod Mini came with the things that I would think of as standard, mainly being a wall charger - after all carrying around a computer to charge an iPod is a bit over the top.
Sold for around £20 compared to anything else I think that this adaptor is pretty expensive, there are equivalent's on eBay available for literally pennies, the only reason that I decided to go for the official Apple product was that I had a £10 Argos voucher which needed using, and felt that a tenner for this was a much more realistic price.
From the look of this thing it is clear that Apple play close attention to design, the charger which I had before essentially did the same thing but through a FireWire cable - incompatible with the newer iPods. Where most companies would probably just pop a USB port on there instead Apple have made an already small device smaller. It follows Apple's standard of being a rectangular device with their own slot for power adaptor on the end, so when plugged in looks like a little white blob on the wall.
Included within the package is an iPod USB cable, this is something that I wasn't expected (and doesn't seem to be advertised), so I suppose the addition of this makes the pricing seem a little more reasonable, and the USB cable's are always useful.
A nice addition would be some kind of notification as to whether or not the plugged in device is charged, just a simple LED would suffice - similar to their MagSafe laptop cables (red/orange charging, green charged). This would be a cheap and simple addition, and maybe give more people a reason to buy this over the cheap Chinese alternatives.
Unless (like me) you can get this cheaper (or need a USB cable too) then I'd recommend getting one of the cheaper adaptor's from eBay, this is a case where you really are just paying for the brand, it's not like Apple can add there usability magic to a plug!